Congress to go it alone, says YSR
Rules out pre-election tie-up
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has announced that the Congress will go alone in the ensuing Assembly election and contest all the 294 seats. He made it clear that there would be no pre-poll tie-up.
He said that as the party was the reigning champion, it was confident of retaining power and whoever won in the semi-finals Praja Rajyam, TDP or some other party, would be the main opponent to the Congress in the poll. Parties which were afraid of the Congress had been working out tie-ups.
Asked whether Mr. Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam was fit enough to fight with the Congress in the finals, he quipped: “In a democracy everyone has an opportunity to contest and Chiranjeevi too is welcome.” Dr. Reddy was talking to reporters after a meeting with AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
He indirectly hit out at the TDP on the Telangana issue by stating that the Congress need not change its stand on the subject now. Unlike some people (read TDP), the party was never against the formation of separate Telengana and it was firm in its stand. The decision had to be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and she “is having a positive attitude on the subject”.
There were only two options to resolve it – one is setting up of the State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) and the other is gaining consensus. Since the opposition had strongly opposed the SRC, it was deferred and the only option left now was arriving at a consensus among all parties, he said.
Dr. Reddy took a dig at Mr. Chiranjeevi by stating that irrespective of his high profile visit to Sircilla, the government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that no weaver was jobless. Mr. Chiranjeevi, a political novice, should equip himself with full details and cross-check facts before attacking the government.
He said he had urged Ms. Sonia Gandhi to work out some debt relief package for the weavers. To a question, he disclosed that Ms. Gandhi would again tour the State after Deepavali next month.
YSR condoles Pervaram’s death
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has expressed grief over the death of Pervaram Jagannadham, former Vice-Chancellor of Telugu University. In a message, he said the late writer’s contributions as poet, critic, professor of Kakatiya University and as Vice-Chancellor of Telugu varsity were laudable.
YSR urged to help groundnut farmers
1) ‘Ryots of three Rayalaseema districts set to incur heavy losses this season’
2) Bearing per plant is only 5-6 pods against 20 to 40
3) Groundnut cultivated in 35 lakh acres
The Communist Party of India (CPI) and its affiliated wing A.P. Rytu Sangham (APRS) urged Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to visit the three Rayalaseema districts, where groundnut is being cultivated on a large-scale and examine the damage to groundnut crop in order to help the farmers.
A delegation comprising State president of APRS K. Ramakrishna, district secretary of CPI D. Jagadish, CPI and APRS leaders M.V. Ramana, Ravindra, Mallikarjuna, A. Katamaiah and others examined the standing crop in and around Rapthadu mandal on Monday and interacted with the farmers over the extent of crop damage.
Farmers explained to the visiting leaders that the damage was huge and they were going to suffer heavy financial loss this season.
“Against the normal bearing of 20 to 40 pods per plant, the bearing is only up to 5-6 pods this season”, farmers Ramachandra, Narayanamma, Laxmidevi, Kondappa and others stated.
Speaking to farmers the CPI and APRS leaders said that they would try their best to take the magnanimity of the problem to the notice of the government and build pressure for help. Groundnut was cultivated in about 35 lakh acres in Rayalaseema this season including 21 lakh acres in Anantapur district alone, Mr. Ramakrishna said.
They would visit Kurnool district to examine the crop damage on September 30 and Kadapa district on October 1. Later, they would meet the Chief Minister to apprise him of the gravity of the situation. Early rain, a long dry spell in between and heavy rain in the fortnight between August last week and September first week had damaged the crop beyond the expectation of farmers and agriculture scientists.
“Farmers have even got yields up to 1,250 kgs per hectare last year, but it could be less one-fourth of that”, farmers Shakar, Rangaiah, Laxmanna, Mallikarjuna and others said.
Referring to the statement of Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy asking the farmers not to remove the crop till the completion of crop cutting experiments for getting either crop insurance or input subsidy, the CPI and APRS leaders urged the government to cover all the farmers for one of the benefits.
Stating that the farmers had invested about Rs. 5,000 per acre this season they demanded the government pay a crop loss compensation of Rs. 5,000 per acre. They alleged that successive government had always given a step-motherly treatment to the groundnut farmers.